The Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

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Virus rescue disks are a valuable tool that can be used to check for malware in cases where your usual antivirus program is no longer working. They’re available for a number of different antivirus vendors and are simple to use, providing users a wide range of customization options in terms of how they want the software to run a scan on their system.

Some provide a more familiar desktop environment, while others offer users a collection of bonus applications. For instance, Kaspersky’s Rescue disk is powered by the Xfce Linux desktop and features Firefox, Thumar File Manager and a few other apps that are able to be used for various functions. The rescue disk also comes with a feature that allows you to select specific files to be scanned by the service or indicate if want it to skip files of a certain size.

Other rescue disks have less sophisticated interfaces, for instance Trend Micro’s. It does not have a graphical user interface and users navigate using arrow keys. This simple rescue disk makes up for the lack of features by being small and having a good track record of the detection of malware during AV-Comparatives’s real-world testing of security.

ESET’s SysRescue Live is a great alternative for those looking for an easier-to-use interface. It is one of the best-rounded and polished interfaces in this list. It’s based on the same antivirus engine that is used in ESET’s full-featured software and its interface is graphical, offering plenty of customization options to select from, such as a smart or custom scan, setting exclusions and choosing whether to run either a thorough or quick scan.


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